Last week Marvel dropped a huge surprise when it announced a partnership between IMAX and Disney/ABC TelevisionGroup to produce an Inhumans series. Marvel’s The Inhumans was originally announced as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a release date set for 2019, however. The film was quietly pulled from Marvel’s release calendar earlier this year.
Instead, Marvel will bring The Inhumans to the small screen but in an unprecedented move, the series will debut it’s first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theaters on Labor Day 2017 before beginning its fall run on ABC. The first two episodes will be shot entirely with IMAX cameras.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, IMAX is going to front the bill for the first two episodes, making the expensive production a more attractive deal to producers at ABC and Marvel Television. ABC will also be extending the first two episodes for broadcast, allowing ABC to capitalize on both the theatrical and television debuts. Action scenes of subsequent episodes will also be shot with IMAX cameras, as well as scenes that take place on the moon.
The series is currently capped at eight episodes, making it a limited run set to finish before the winter break. Marvel is going big with this series, in a way television has never seen before. They hope the series will lead to success and bring new viewers into its other show on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, which is currently airing its fourth season Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.